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April 3, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU DPT graduate enters Jonah Edward Kelley Society

Shannon Vissman, a 1998 Slippery Rock University doctor of physical therapy graduate who now serves as the chief executive officer of Vissman Enterprises, will be among those inducted to the Jonah Edward Kelley Society as part of the Keyser [W. Va.] High School Legion of Honor.

Vissman is a 1987 Keyser High graduate.

The Legion of Honor recognizes Keyser High School graduates who have gone on to distinguish themselves in their chosen careers.

Vissman earned his bachelor's degree from James Madison University, where he also played football. He received both his master's and doctorate degrees from SRU.

While attending KHS, he received multiple West Virginia All-State football and track mentions, was the West Virginia Shot Put State Champion and was a three-time All-PVC competitor in football and track.

After graduating from SRU, he founded The Physical Therapy Institute, an operation that now includes more than 35 locations in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. He also started Universal SmartComp, which has been ranked as the 35th fastest growing health care company by Inc. magazine He later sold Universal SmartComp and now serves as the CEO of Vissman Enterprises.

Vissman is active in a number of charities and foundations, including: The Mel Blount Youth Home Organization in Claysville, Battered Women and Children Foundation in Washington, Pa., Miracle Fields Baseball for Mentally Challenged Athletes in Pittsburgh and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The 6 p.m., April 10, induction ceremony is in the Davis Conference Center at Potomac State College. Tickets are $16 and available by calling 304.813.5766.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.